The Rise of Ultraman Issue #1 Review

If you thought Kyle Higgins (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers) was done with the Tokusatsu genre then think again as Higgins returns with The Rise of Ultraman issue 1 published by Marvel Comics!

The comic is a reimagining of the classic Tokusatsu show that takes Ultraman to the next level in the modern-day.

As someone who hasn’t really gotten into Ultraman until this point, I thought this was a really good first issue for the series. I think feel the Higgins was able to please older fans of the franchise while also being able to bring in newer fans like myself and have us still be able to understand what’s going on within this universe.

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I am also really loving the dynamic between the main characters in this series. The main character Shin Hayata is someone who flunked his test to join the United Science Patrol. This makes him somewhat jealous of his friend Kiki who was able to get into the force.

Shin often crashes in on some of the USP’s missions which irritate Captain Muramatsu of the USP.


Overall this was definitely a slow but decent start the to the mini-series. This issue leaves you wanting more which I feel was by design so I can not wait to see what Higgins and crew has in store for us in the future!

The Rise of Ultraman Official Synopsis

In darkness there lurks Kaiju – terrifying and unfathomable monsters. Between Kaiju and the rest of us stands the United Science Patrol! But who are these enigmatic defenders, and how do they perform their miracles? Shin Hayata and Kiki Fuji have spent half a lifetime trying to find out – and their quest is about to drive them toward a decades-old dark secret and put them on a collision course with a mysterious warrior from beyond the stars! Kyle Higgins (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers), Mat Groom (Self/Made) and Francesco Manna (AVENGERS) reimagine the classic origin of a pop culture icon as THE RISE OF ULTRAMAN begins!

What are your thoughts on The Rise of Ultraman from Marvel? Are you excited to see how the series progresses as more issues come out? Let us know in the comments below and be sure to come back to The Illuminerdi for more news and reviews like this in the near future!



Bryce West

Bryce West

Bryce West is a writer/producer and a grad student at the University of Southern Indiana. West created his first television program at the age of 18 titled, The Film Reel. The Film Reel is a movie and TV talk show that has ran from 2019-present on News Channel 15 in Mt. Carmel, IL.